Our modern lifestyle has caused an increase in apartment living, and as a result the demand for smaller dogs which can live happily in these environments has increased too.

Many people are interested in adding a miniature Samoyed to their family because of their wonderful temperament, and the convenience of having a dog of smaller size.

Unfortunately there's no such thing as a Mini, Micro, Toy or Teacup Samoyed but don't give up just yet. You might be wise to consider some alternatives which can give you all the love that a Samoyed brings, in a slightly smaller package.

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Female Samoyeds

The first and most obvious thing to consider is simply to get a female Samoyed.

Females weight between 16 - 20kg versus the 20 - 30kg of their male counterparts, and are 48 - 53 cm in height versus the males which are around 53–60 cm tall.

Male and Female Samoyed size comparison

While this certainly isn't a pint-size Sammy you can carry in your handbag, you can see the females are typically about 30% smaller than the male Sammies.

In addition females also tend to have a little less fur which can make them easier to manage (particularly during shedding season) or if you're intending them to live within a smaller area like a townhouse or apartment. If you'd ideally like to stay true to the breed but would just like to have a slightly smaller version, a female Sammy could be a great option for you.

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo dog is a member of the Spitz family and is often mistaken for a miniature Samoyed.

American Eskimo dog sitting

American Eskimo Dog standing

Their standard size is between 38 - 51cm tall and between 8.2 - 16kg making them significantly smaller than the female Samoyeds covered earlier.

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Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is often mistaken for a small Samoyed because of it's physical similarities and is often what people are actually looking for when they go searching for "miniature Samoyed".

With a white fluffy coat, curled tail and friendly temperament they are in many respects a minature version of a Samoyed dog.

Japanese Spitz photo

The United Kennel Club in the US describes the ideal height for males as between 30.5 - 38.1cm (12 - 15inches), and females as 30.5 - 35.6cm (12 - 14 inches). A very minor size difference between sex.

Both will only weight between 5 - 10kgs making them considerably smaller than a standard Samoyed.


If you're really looking for a teeny-tiny Samoyed-like dog then you might be best to go searching for white Pomeranian.

White Pomeranian size

Their soft fluffy fur and extroverted personality makes for a playful companion who can happily live in smaller environments.

White Pomeranian puppy side view

An adult Pomeranian will be around 20cm in height and weight just 1.9 - 3.5kg.

The closest thing to a mini-Samoyed if you could ever find one.

What do you think?

Did we miss any breeds which could pass as a mini version of the famous Samoyed? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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